I think I’ll just post Alfonzo’s response. It pretty much covers mine.
Ok maybe a couple of thoughts.
There are a couple of issues and each should be addressed separately. I don’t know why or how Michael Brown was shot. So, that’s one particular issue and should be followed up.
As to the riots? No justification for destroying your own neighborhood. Hell I might understand this if it was directed at the city jail or police department building but local stores? Nope it’s not about justice.
Police Militarization: I’m on the side of limiting the militarization of the local police forces. They have forgotten their primary mission which is preservation of the peace. They are the Hammer and everyone else becomes a nail. That doesn’t mean police shouldn’t have good equipment though. I’m not sure why they didn’t stop the looters yet arrested reporters and protesters.
It’s interesting the in nearly every third world country and a few first world countries, the Military is trusted more than the police.